Auto Erotica: The History of DPD's Sweet Rides

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On its Facebook page this morning, the Dallas Police Department has posted an estimable visual history of its squad cars, beginning with the 1928 Model A. My father, a parts man his whole life, could do without the AMC Matador, wishes he had the '56 Fairlane pictured above and is particularly enamored of the '70 Plymouth Fury. But that's because he had a '72 Fury, which he sold in '80 and has regretted ever since.
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Tari Ledsome
Tari Ledsome

I've seen the history, and I would like to say that it's very impressive. The Dallas Police Dept went over and beyond their standards for police cars. Their police car evolution is amazing, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them continue the same in the future.

Jerome Weeks
Jerome Weeks

Interesting possible oversight. In the DPL's photo collection downtown, I came across a shot of several DPD squad cars in the early '50s -- they were showing them off because they were newly issued. The force had switched to Plymouths. I showed a copy to my brother (who designs for GM, our father worked for Chrysler) and he confirmed they were 1952 Plymouths. But I don't see an example of one here -- perhaps because they had them for only a year or so and switched back. According to a DPD vet, they weren't happy with them.

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Mike
Mike

So you complaining about Robert's post and calling me a fucktard creates a sense of community?

Mike
Mike

Being a kid of the 70s and 80s in Dallas I could tell the cars by the headlight configurations at night so I knew when to be careful driving...

Buckeye
Buckeye

When I was in high school (70s), my town's police went from round headlights to the then unusual square headlights (one on top of the other).  We could spot them a mile away.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

and look for the rear sway bar when approaching an unmarked one from the rear

El Rey
El Rey

The new Chargers are the best looking cars since the '76 Malibu.

Slightly off topic - The 2nd series of Malibu ('68-'73) are some of my favorite cars. They were such smooth rides.

Billdeore
Billdeore

...That would be a '59...Backup lights over the tail light...Great photo though.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Y'all notice I didn't go into the parts business? Of course, now the old man will disown me. Again.

Harvey Lacey
Harvey Lacey

57, 59 didn't even look close.

Billdeore
Billdeore

...Harvey, 57,58 and 59 body styles were real close but, once again, the backup light over the tail ligh is unmistakably '59... Wish I was saavy enough to post a link to one of my old Auto Traders for ya.

Robert, great job and thanks for posting these old pix.

Harvey Lacey
Harvey Lacey

On closer inspection (I went to the link and checked it out a little closer) you are probably right.  57's had the big round tail light, 58's had the two rectangular tail lights, and the 59 had the big round tail light.  Plus throw into that the manufacturers back then did a lot of different stuff with models.  Four door models can be a lot different from two doors etc.

Elmer Wayne
Elmer Wayne

 That Galaxy 500 looks like the one that took me down for knocking off the Cabell's Minit Market back in '65

LaceyB
LaceyB

While I'm a fan of the '41-'47 series, this item is rather asphyxiating for those of us who aren't nostalgic about DPD history. Nothing better than this today from Yahoo's #10? No FYLP?

Mike
Mike

I think you need a life, this is pretty cool to some people.  You might need interests other than this blog.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Perhaps I do. Or, people don't have to be such fucktards about other people's comments. Really? Hating someone about their comment? What has this site become? Used to be pretty cool, and, sorta interesting, and had a sense of community. Now, it's all haters, because, I don't like vintage police cars...check yourself. And the site.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

" I don't like vintage police cars".

I would say this would have been a good post for you to ignore

LaceyB
LaceyB

thanks, El Rey! From one longtime Friend to another. :)

El Rey
El Rey

I remember when Bethany was run off the same way. Let's keep it civil, people!

LaceyB
LaceyB

Really, RW? It's like the 4th time this week. Had to leave my screen name behind and go "guesting" and even then. Whatever happened to moderating? I love, love Unfair Park, always have for years--I get hits from you almost everyday (why I come here these days). But, If it stays like Uptown & Northpark Mall around here, (longtime guest) out.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

All right, all right. Everyone calm down. No need to whip out the fucktard card so soon.

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